British Airways has just announced their latest US route, which is one that most of us probably weren’t expecting.
British Airways will be launching flights between London Heathrow and San Jose, California, as of May 4, 2016.
The new route will go on sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, August 27, 2015. The London to San Jose flight will operate daily with the following schedule:
BA278 San Jose to London departing 8:00PM arriving 2:05PM (+1 day)
BA279 London to San Jose departing 3:15PM arriving 6:05PM
This will be British Airways’ fourth route to California, complementing their existing flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
The new London to San Jose route will be operated by one of British Airways’ brand new Boeing 787-9s, which will be in a four cabin configuration, including British Airways’ new first class.
For what it’s worth, the British Airways Boeing 787-9 will feature a total of 216 seats spread across four cabins, as follows:
- 8 first class seats
- 42 business class seats
- 39 premium economy seats
- 127 economy seats
Here’s what the first & business class seatmap looks like on the 787-9:
Hopefully these flights have a good amount of award space. When British Airways devalued their award chart in April, they promised to make at least two business/first and four economy seats available per flight. So I wouldn’t be surprised if we see those become available tomorrow (in which case I’ll be sure to post about it).
There are quite a few mileage currencies you could redeem for these flights, though in all cases you’d be paying fuel surcharges. They might still be worth paying for the convenience of a nonstop transatlantic flight direct from California, though.
This is an exciting new route, and represents San Jose’s first nonstop flight to Europe. San Jose already has two flights to Asia — to Tokyo Narita on ANA and Beijing on Hainan Airlines — but this will be the first route between San Jose and Europe in over 10 years (American Airlines used to have a nonstop to Paris when it had a hub at San Jose), which is exciting.
Given the tech industry’s presence in San Jose, this new route seems like a no brainer, especially on a plane as efficient as the 787-9.
Are you surprised by British Airways’ new flight between San Jose and London?